A 17-year-old girl in Utah caused a highway collision involving another car after driving blindfolded as part of a social media challenge based on the Netflix horror hit.
The challenge called Bird Box Challenge is based on the hit Netflix horror starring Sandra Bullock. This social media challenge involves participants doing various tasks while wearing a blindfold. This way, they emulate the characters in the film who must evade sight-targeting monsters.
Many reports of people taking part in this challenge are flowing all across the internet but this time it went a little overboard when an unnamed teen drove on the highway with her beanie hat pulled over her eyes.
According to Layton Police Department and a local media channel, KUTV, just as she started driving, she soon careered into the other lane and hit a car, a light pole and a sound wall. Charges of reckless driving are being recommended against her as of now.
Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/4DvYzrmDA2
— Layton Police (@laytonpolice) January 11, 2019
Travis Lyman of Layton Police, when asked about the incident said, “Honestly, I’m almost embarrassed to have to say ‘Don’t drive with your eyes covered’, but you know apparently we do have to say that the stakes are just so high and it’s just such a potentially dangerous thing as it is: to try and do it in that way is inexcusable. It really puts everybody at risk.”
With growing popularity of blindfold challenge, Netflix recently issued a warning to fans of the film to lay off these stunts.
Netflix tweeted earlier this month, “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you do not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
Despite having mediocre reviews, Bird Box has become one of Netflix’s biggest hits till date with a huge impact on social media. 45m Netflix accounts watched Bird Box in its first seven days.
Source – Mashable